Maria Kolesnikova gestures making a heart shape inside the defendants’ cage during her verdict hearing in Minsk, Belarus on Monday. Photo: AFP Maria Kolesnikova gestures making a heart shape inside the defendants’ cage during her verdict hearing in Minsk, Belarus on Monday. Photo: AFP
Maria Kolesnikova gestures making a heart shape inside the defendants’ cage during her verdict hearing in Minsk, Belarus on Monday. Photo: AFP
Belarus

Belarus court hands two opposition activists lengthy prison sentences

  • Maria Kolesnikova was found guilty of conspiring to seize power, creating an extremist organisation and calling for actions damaging state security
  • Lawyer Maxim Znak faced the same charges. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Kolesnikova was handed an 11-year sentence

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Maria Kolesnikova gestures making a heart shape inside the defendants’ cage during her verdict hearing in Minsk, Belarus on Monday. Photo: AFP Maria Kolesnikova gestures making a heart shape inside the defendants’ cage during her verdict hearing in Minsk, Belarus on Monday. Photo: AFP
Maria Kolesnikova gestures making a heart shape inside the defendants’ cage during her verdict hearing in Minsk, Belarus on Monday. Photo: AFP
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